Orion defeat Liberta in New Bethel derby
Antigua Observer article.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – After being sent in by Liberta on Saturday evening in a New Bethel derby, Orion tallied 73 for eight. Seth Burton scored 31, which included three sixes, and Clinton Benjamin scored 14.
Liberta’s captain Steadroy Frederick took three wickets for just eight runs.
In reply, Liberta were bowled out for 63 with three balls to spare. The only threat came from Baldwin Anthony (18) and Jared Roberts (17) who scored in an over off 13-year-old Johi Messiah.
Bryan Burton took the first hat-trick for the year, dismissing Anthony, Vere Cochrane and Lauchland Burton with consecutive balls to finish with four for eight.
Al Burton took two wickets for three runs.
Orion, though, rode early on an economical spell of one for five from two overs off Chestley Browne.
Orion ended the competition on 20 points, the same as St John’s who have a match in hand.
Liberta, who are vying for the fourth spot in Group B, ended on 10 points.
Parham, who beat Liberta in their opening match, defeated Freetown also on Saturday night at Dredgers to end on 10 points.
Both Parham and Liberta await the outcome of the final Group B match between St John’s and Freetown slated for Saturday night at Powells to determine their fate and final position.
A win for Freetown would open the gates for averages to determine the final two places in the group.
In Group A, PAWI had a victory over Jennings at Dredgers.
The teams in Group A now await the final preliminary match in that group between defending champions New Winthorpes and Bible Speaks on Saturday night.
Following the preliminaries, the top four teams in each group will contest the quarter-finals.